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2001 Absolutely Red Toyota Celica GT
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Los Angeles, CA
Jun 29, 1:49am - #23762 
[WHEELS] Tire Rotation - Why and When Should I Rotate My Tires?

Why should I rotate my tires?

If you never rotate your tires, the fronts will last about 10,000 to 20,000 miles and the rears will last 50,000 to 80,000 miles. The reason we rotate tires is to even out the wear and properly done, all the tires will be worn out at the same time. It's also a great excuse to inspect your brakes on a regular basis.

When and how should I rotate my tires?
It is important to rotate your tires to even out the wear. The front tires will wear the outside edge because the tire leans over when you turn a corner. Slight outside edge wear that appears to be the same on both front tires is no reason to be alarmed. If you find one of the front tires has significantly more wear than the other, then there is cause for alarm. The rear tires just follow the fronts so their wear is minimal.

It is very important to rotate your tires every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. Three things should occur during a tire rotation. First, all the tires should be properly inflated. Second, the tires should be rotated. Third, a physical inspection of the brakes should be made while the tires are off. It make no sense to pay to have your brakes checked, then 3 months later pay to have your tires rotated.

A lot has been written about the proper way to rotate tires. The biggest portion of the discussion is whether or not it is OK to change the direction of the rotation of the tire. If a tire is moved to the other side of the car, the direction of rotation has been changed. Years ago that was a no-no but now many tire makers recommend the crisscross way.

Different tire manufacturers may suggest different ways and if you want to be entirely correct, check with the maker of your tires.

In my opinion, you may rotate straight forward and straight back or you can crisscross the fronts and\or the backs before you rotate. At our shop we rotate our customers tires a variety of ways depending on the wear pattern on their tires.

If the tire is scalloped and causing a whine or hum at higher speeds, we will change the direction of rotation to help even out the wear.

Scalloped tires are often used as a reason to sell shocks or struts. It is my opinion that the tire itself is the cause more times than not. The tires we see scalloped seem to be the same all season brands over and over again. It's been a month of Sundays since I've seen a highway tread pattern tire scalloped.

Don't forget this one important point. Once a tire begins a wear pattern, it will continue with that pattern until you throw the tire away or it wears out. So if you install new tires and one of the front tires starts an abnormal pattern because of an alignment problem, having an alignment done fixes the cause but not the tire.

Want to learn more about your tires? Check out the article on Tire Pressure...

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2000 Silver Toyota Celica GT
2000 Toyota Celica GT

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Chattanooga, TN
Nov 20, 7:02am - #450364 
The wheel bearings sounded like they were going bad on my 00 Celica. I put it on the rack and checked the bearings but they sounded good. I mentioned it to my tire guy and he suggested I rotate my tires. After 2K miles the noise went away. He suggested that small car tires should be rotated every 5K miles to prevent uneven wear.

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